The Kiwis may know Australian-born Scott Brown as one of Auckland’s most prolific restaurateurs, but to many Aussies the name won’t ring a bell. Yet.
The co-founder and co-owner of New Zealand hospitality business Hipgroup has returned home and joined forces with his brother Andrew (an ex TV sports reporter) to open their first Australian venture, the Good One Cafe in Bondi Beach. The group was behind restaurants Amano, Rosie, Takapuna Beach Café and Ortolana, which featured regularly in lifestyle publication Monocle's Top 50 list, its ranking of the best restaurants in the world.
“We’ve always wanted to expand and Australia was a very good option for us,” Brown says. “After being away for 26 years, I miss the beach and living around the beach, so it’s a good opportunity to come back here.”
The interior is welcoming; there is a hint of modernity through its use of exposed cement walls, quality stone workbench and its soon-to-be flourishing vertical garden.
Heading up the kitchen is Argentinean ex-Hipgroup head chef Federico Giro, who has developed an all-day menu that includes folded eggs with smoked fish, capers, chilli and sourdough. And house-made ribbon pasta with courgettes, mint, golden raisins, lemon butter and parmesan.
There’s also a dedicated toast menu. Toppings vary from anchovies, smoked tomatoes and soft herbs to ricotta, honey and walnuts.
Giro says he tries to create as much as possible in-house, including the almond milk (which they call “Good Milk”) and nut butters that are used for smoothies (among other things), and the brioche buns served with the eggs benedict. Otherwise the kitchen turns to local suppliers such as Brickfields Bakery and Southern Ocean Seafood.
As for where we’ll see the brothers pop-up again, Brown says: “There are a few plans bubbling away, including expansions into hotels.”
Good One Cafe
132 Warners Avenue, Bondi Beach
(02) 9130 7787